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5:20 AM ET, October 25, 2021

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Ben Smith / New York Times:
How Frances Haugen Became a Power Player in the Facebook Leaks  —  In a time of mega-leaks, journalists' sources have become power players.  Frances Haugen, the former Facebook product manager who shared company documents, led a meticulous media rollout.  —  Frances Haugen first met Jeff Horwitz …
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Mike Wright / Telegraph:   Facebook whistleblower warns company's encryption will aid espionage by hostile nations
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Scoop: Facebook exec warns of “more bad headlines”
Discussion: Raw Story and Forbes
Katherine Huggins / Mediaite:
Trump Blasts Fox News For Supposedly Airing ‘Untruthful Anti-Trump Commercials’  —  Former President Donald Trump blasted Fox News on Sunday, claiming the network “continually allow[s] horrible and untruthful anti-Trump commercials to be run.”  —  “What good is it if FOX News speaks …
Discussion: HuffPost
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's Internal Chat Boards Show Politics Often at Center of Decision Making  —  Employees allege content rules aren't enforced for Breitbart and other right-wing publishers for fear of public blowback, and management expresses wariness of appearing biased, according to internal documents
Mike Allen / Axios:
Fauci fires back at Rand Paul for slam on tonight's “Axios on HBO”  —  Responding to charges by Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday's “Axios on HBO,” NIAID director Anthony Fauci told “ABC This Week” that it's “molecularly impossible” for U.S.-funded bat virus research in China to have produced COVID-19.
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Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
DeSantis eyes $5,000 bonus for unvaccinated police to relocate to Florida
Discussion: HuffPost and Political Wire
New York Times:
How Amazon Mishandled Paying Dozens of Workers on Leave  —  A knot of problems with Amazon's system for handling paid and unpaid leaves has led to devastating consequences for workers.  —  A year ago, Tara Jones, an Amazon warehouse worker in Oklahoma, cradled her newborn …
Ivana Saric / Axios:
Twitter suspends Rep. Jim Banks for misgendering transgender four-star officer  —  Twitter suspended the account of Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) Saturday after he intentionally misgendered Assistant Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, the first openly transgender Senate-confirmed federal official, a spokesperson for the platform told Axios.
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Ben Kesslen / NBC News:
Rep. Jim Banks suspended from Twitter for misgendering trans government official Dr. Rachel Levine
Discussion: New York Magazine and Insider
Khalid Abdelaziz / Reuters:
Ministers, party leaders detained in apparent coup in Sudan - sources  —  Soldiers arrested most of the members of Sudan's cabinet and a large number of pro-government party leaders on Monday in an apparent military coup, three political sources said, throwing a fragile transition towards democracy into disarray.
Discussion: Washington Post and Bloomberg
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ProPublica:
“The Liberty Way”: How Liberty University Discourages and Dismisses Students' Reports of Sexual Assaults  —  Note: This story includes descriptions of sexual violence and attempted suicide.  —  When Elizabeth Axley first told Liberty University officials she had been raped, she was confident they'd do the right thing.
Scott Pelley / CBS News:
Former Saudi official calls Mohammed bin Salman a “psychopath,” says Saudi crown prince fears what he knows  —  Saad Aljabri was number two in Saudi intelligence until, he says, Mohammed bin Salman forced him out.  Now, MBS is Saudi Arabia's crown prince, and Aljabri is in exile.
Discussion: Bloomberg
NBC Bay Area:
EXCLUSIVE: Two SF Prosecutors Quit & Join Effort to Oust Former Boss, District Attorney Chesa Boudin  —  Prosecutors Brooke Jenkins and Don Du Bain tell the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit they have quit their jobs at the San Francisco District Attorney's office and joined the effort to recall …
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Heather Knight / San Francisco Chronicle:
Why a progressive prosecutor just left D.A. Chesa Boudin's office and joined the recall effort
Discussion: Breitbart
Axios:
1 big thing: Schlapps see '24 Trump run  —  The chairman of the American Conservative Union told Margaret Talev for “Axios on HBO” he accepts “Joe Biden is my president, and I want him to succeed,” but predicted Republicans retake the House and Senate in 2022 — and greater than 50% odds Donald Trump runs in 2024.
Associated Press:
AP source: Manchin agreeable to wealth tax for Biden plan  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Pivotal Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin appears to be on board with White House proposals for new taxes on billionaires and certain corporations to help pay for President Joe Biden's scaled-back social services and climate change package.
Lyz Lenz / HuffPost:
A 19th-Century Law Dismantled The KKK.  Now It Could Bring Down A New Generation Of Extremists.  —  In a Virginia courthouse this week, a historic trial will begin that aims to unravel the real motivations of the far-right activists behind the 2017 Charlottesville riot.
CNN:
Trump pick's messy personal life worries Senate Republicans desperate to hold on to Pennsylvania seat  —  (CNN)Sean Parnell may have the backing of former President Donald Trump, but the Pennsylvania Republican also has significant personal baggage that is raising concerns about the GOP's ability …
Haaretz:
Defense Minister Benny Gantz at a conference in Tel-Aviv, in April.  Credit: Moti Milrod  —  The government's declaration of civil society organizations in the West Bank as terrorist organizations is a destructive folly that tarnishes all of the parties in the coalition and the state itself.
Discussion: Just Security
James Fallows / Breaking the News:
What We Learned, at the Town Hall  —  The press keeps asking about the ‘how’ of politics.  Citizens ask about the ‘what’ of governance.  —  This post is on what we learned about the presidency, about this president, and about the press, in the “Town Hall” session that Joe Biden had this past week …
Tyler O'Neil / Fox News:
McAuliffe claims Stacey Abrams should be governor of Georgia, furthering what some call her ‘Big Lie’  —  McAuliffe accused Brian Kemp of having ‘disenfranchised’ 1.4 million voters despite reviews finding this accusation false  —  Dave Matthews, Stacey Abrams, & DNC Chair Jaime Harrison host a …
Discussion: Townhall and Ace of Spades HQ
Emily Waltz / Scientific American:
COVID Vaccine Makers Prepare for a Variant Worse than Delta  —  Companies are updating vaccines and testing them on people to prepare for whatever comes next in the pandemic  —  Pfizer's chief executive, Albert Bourla, made a bold promise in June.  Standing next to US President Joe Biden …
Reuters:
Moscow decries U.S. move to call Russians ‘homeless’ for visa purposes  —  Russia on Sunday condemned a decision by the United States to add Russians seeking U.S. visas to a list of “homeless nationals” who can apply for visas in third countries.  —  The move allowed Russians to apply …
Alex Yablon / Insider:
Joe Manchin and the GOP think Biden's plan to give parents bigger monthly checks will encourage people to quit their jobs.  A new study shows that argument is garbage.  — Centrists, conservatives and some economists predict the expanded Child Tax Credit will discourage work.
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
The Rotten Core of the Republican Party  —  Mr. Appelbaum is a member of the editorial board.  —  Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the top House Republican, recently took to social media to warn that Democrats have hatched a dastardly plot.  “Democrats,” he said …
 
 
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Jerusalem Post:
People vaccinated against COVID-19 less likely to die of other causes - study
Peter Wehner / The Atlantic:
The Evangelical Church Is Breaking Apart
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Remove a Confederate Statue? A Tennessee City Did This Instead.
Erik Slavin / Stars & Stripes:
Ceremonies in French city mark 100 years of honoring American Unknown Soldier
Discussion: Breitbart
Associated Press:
Africa tries to end vaccine inequity by replicating its own
Discussion: HotAir, Mother Jones and Balloon Juice
Geeti Rahimi / TOLOnews:
Tehran to Host Regional Meeting on Afghanistan
CNN:
Afghanistan hurtling toward collapse, Sweden and Pakistan say
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Race-blind redistricting? Democrats incredulous at GOP maps
Discussion: RedState
Andrew Seidman / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Pa. Bar Association criticizes TV ad by GOP candidate for state Supreme Court
Ray Sanchez / CNN:
How Puerto Rico became the most vaccinated place in America
Discussion: abc7NY
Douglas E. Schoen / The Hill:
What Democrats need to do to avoid self-destruction
Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
I Was Hacked. The Spyware Used Against Me Makes Us All Vulnerable.
Tech Transparency Project:
YouTube's Filter Bubble Problem is Worse for Fox News Viewers
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
Their Jobs Made Them Get Vaccinated. They Refused.
Discussion: CBS New York